CHRISTIANSBURG, VA --
More than fifty cats from the Summers County West Virginia Humane Society have arrived in Christiansburg. The animals are set to be spayed and neutered at Mountain View Humane Clinic as part of a $5,000 ASPCA grant.
"We do all of their spay and neuter when it comes to their grants because of the pricing that we can give them and because of the fact that we can offer the free transportation," said Lelly Cass, with Mountain View Humane Clinic.
But the surgeries at the Christiansburg clinic were put on hold after June's Derecho storm knocked out power and communication in the region. This put the grant money at risk, because the animals had to be fixed by Monday, or the money would have to be returned.
"It threw us a curve out of left field and we weren't ready for it. Nobody could communicate, nobody could get their animals down to Mountain View," said Beth Vuolo, Director of the Summers County Humane Society.
Since last summer, the folks at Mountain View Humane have been working with a number of West Virginia counties that don't have animal shelters to get their cat populations under control.
The Christiansburg clinic had already spayed and neutered around 250 cats from Summers County and animal rights advocates say every surgery helps to control the problem.
"We don't have a shelter and the only way we can see to save cats is start controlling the population and with Mountain View, that's the only way we could ever do it," Vuolo said.